Two former B1G stars among those with best odds to be first non-QB taken in 2021 NFL Draft
It’s probably as close to a lock as you’ll get in the NFL Draft. This year, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He’s been locked into that spot since his freshman year, basically.
After Lawrence, there’s some room for debate. For the most part, though, there’s a lot of agreement that multiple quarterbacks will be selected within the first five picks of the 2021 NFL Draft, scheduled for next Thursday (April 29). So, while the QBs get all the love, Vegas has released odds for which non-quarterback will be taken first in the draft.
Two former B1G players are firmly in the mix. Interestingly enough, both opted out of the 2020 season.
Northwestern offensive lineman Rashawn Slater and Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons are among the players with the best odds to be the first non-quarterback taken in this year’s draft. Here’s a complete look of the top candidates, per William Hill Sportsbook:
- Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida (+130)
- Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon (+225)
- Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU (+225)
- Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern (+900)
- Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama (+2000)
- Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State (+2000)
It should be interesting to see which of these six players is the first to hear his name called next Thursday night.